Cake

Plum and hazelnut brown butter cake

plum hazelnut brown butter cake

I once read a cookbook by a French pastry chef where he narrated how he made up new desserts in his dreams. I don’t make up new recipes in my dreams, at least as far as I know. But during…

Chocolate brownies with ganache topping

brownies with ganache topping

 It’s always fun to see what search terms lead readers to strand on this little island in the vast sea of the internet. The most interesting recent search term was “how to grow a cook”. Though I might not really…

Hazelnut torte with berries

hazelnut torte with berries

 You know what our most valuable crop is at the moment? Blackberries. Last week I saw organic blackberries for sale, the tiniest box (150 g) going for 2,35 Euro. That same evening I picked more than a kilo, which would…

Chocolate and sour cherry birthday cake

Chocolate sour cherry cake

Most of the recipes that I share are centred around seasonal produce. We grow a lot of what we eat and eating with the seasons is a pleasure, not a restriction. But I like how my birthday cake this year…

Roasted strawberry cake

roasted strawberry cake

To end what turned into a week of strawberry recipes, I bring you a variation on the cherry bubble cake, where cherries were  substituted with roasted strawberries. The roasting,  an easy extra step that is less work than pitting cherries…

Rhubarb cornflour cake

Rhubarb cake

Last week one of my best friends came for a visit. She lives 900 km away and this was the first time she and her family visited us here in the Netherlands. She’s one of my oldest friends and one…

Chocolate kranz cake

Chocolate kranz cake

It’s been snowing in the Netherlands. You know what happens in the Netherlands when it snows? Chaos happens. On the first day of snow, the traffic jam in the country reached a record combined length of 1003 km, the railway…

Chocolate fudge cake

Ottolenghi chocolate fudge cake

This cake is another creation of Yotam Ottolenghi. Yes, him again. Because he’s that good. And because he apparently thinks that there is no such thing as too much chocolate, in a brownie or in a cake. I agree.

Cherry `bubble` cake

Bublanina / cherry bubble cake

When I get a chance to eat as many cherries as I want, I’ll eat kilos of them. I don’t often get a chance. Last time was when I was sixteen and spent the first week of my summer vacation…

Rhubarb tart with orange custard

Rhubarb tart with orange custard

Some of the questions I had to answer while typing the recipe: – How do you draw a snowflake? – If you could control one element, which would you choose? (Answer: water) – How do you say “strawberries” in French?…

Rhubarb cobbler

Rhubarb cobbler

It seems that the two main harvest from the allotment at the moment are rhubarb and daffodils. No problem, I like both a lot. They both signal the start of a new garden season; daffodils are the first flowers that…

Cauldron cakes

Caudron cakes

In case you felt sorry for my daughter for losing the big birthday cake dispute: don’t. I think that after eating the caramel-peanut-topped brownie cake even she did not feel sorry for herself (I mean – caramel-peanut-topped brownie cake?). Besides,…

Buttermilk raisin cake

buttermilk raisin cake

Whenever I mention that we have an allotment, the reaction invariably is: That’s wonderful, but isn’t that an awful lot of work? The answer is: it’s not that bad, because we garden along the permaculture lines, which means no digging…

Caramel-peanut-topped brownie cake

Caramel peanut topped brownie cake

There was supposed to be a compromise about the cake for my husband’s and my daughter’s joined birthday celebration. But there was not. Because my husband, a peanut butter addict (as well as a coffee addict – but that’s a…